By FRANCO PANIZO
Javier Mascherano's exit from Liverpool appears to be closer than ever, as Barcelona is set to make a move in order to up its transfer bid for the Argentina international.
Barcelona is on the verge of selling Zlatan Ibrahimovic to AC Milan in a move that would help the Spanish giants make a more serious offer for Mascherano.
Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola admitted at a press conference on Tuesday that he is interested in Mascherano as he feels a defensive midfielder would resolve the team's needs.
Mascherano was left out of Liverpool's squad for its 3-0 defeat to Manchester City on Monday, with club manager Roy Hodgson stating that Mascherano was not in the right frame of mind.
Here are some more stories from Tuesday:
Evra to appeal ban
Former France national team captain Patrice Evra is set to appeal his five-game ban from playing for Les Bleus for his role in boycotting a practice session at the World Cup. Evra's lawyer said that no individual punishment should be handed to Evra as the team as a whole skipped the practice to protest the expulsion of Nicolas Anelka.
Evra was one of four players from the World Cup team to receive a suspension.
Fulham signs Halliche
Fulham bolstered its defense with the signing of Algerian defender Rafik Halliche from Benfica. Halliche, who played every minute of Algeria's World Cup, agreed to a three-year deal. The transfer fee was undisclosed.
Cissokho to miss upcoming Euro qualifiers
Lyon defender Aly Cissokho will miss France's upcoming UEFA Euro 2012 qualifiers after picking up a hamstring injury over the weekend. Cissokho's torn muscle will force him to miss at least three weeks, ruling him out of Les Bleus' qualifiers against Belarus on Sept. 3 and Bosnia and Herzegovina four days later.
Cissokho is the third Lyon player to suffer a hamstring injury in the past week.
What do you think of the way Liverpool is handling Mascherano's seemingly inevitable exit? Do you see Evra getting the ban lifted? Think Halliche will become a starter for Fulham? Is it time for Lyon to start bubblewrapping its players.
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